We had taken an informal interview of the Indian Triple Jumper, Arpinder Singh. Go ahead and take a look at his answers to know him better.
- Arpinder Singh started as a 100-meter sprinter when in school. Later he switched to triple jump on the insistence of his coach. He went on to win a silver medal at the U-17 School Games.
- In 2009, he claimed the gold at the Youth Games.
- The year 2013, turned out to be his breakthrough year. He smashed Renjith Maheshwary’s national record in the triple jump by breaking the 16-meter mark.
- Further success and recognition came as he won the bronze medal for the triple jump at 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- He started training for Rio Olympics in London but failed to qualify for the same.
- Now, he is ready to strive harder and win a medal for the country at the Asian Games 2018!
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. Life is a daring adventure, where every day brings new challenges, as well as new rewards. Being a sportsperson is not easy. There are extreme highs and lows. Sometimes you end with applaud, while sometimes you miss the mark!
Indian athletes have continued inspiring us with the stories of their humble upbringing, immense hard work, shattered ceilings, and conquered demons. The year 2018 is indeed turning out to be the year of sports. The 21st Commonwealth Games brought the limelight on some known and unknown faces, and we could not be more proud. Now, with the Asian Games just around the corner, we take a look at some incredible athletes and medal hopefuls.
Arpinder Singh – Indian Triple Jumper
Arpinder decided to pursue triple jump on the suggestion of his then coach DS Bal, in 2006. He had already dabbled with 100m, 200m, 300m and long jump by then, without any success. The switch turned out to be a right decision, as he went on break records and win laurels in the event. He first flirted with success with the bronze at the 2007 U-17 school meet in Kolkata. These wins and records gave Arpinder the motivation to continue with triple jump and slowly he started setting his sights on bigger goals.
Indian Triple Jumper’s Family Background
Family support and encouragement are crucial when pursuing an offbeat career. While most Indian parents force their children to choose the conventional careers like engineering or medical, it was Arpinder’s father who pushed him towards sports. Arpinder’s father has been the guiding force behind his sporting success. Ever since he was a small kid, his father inculcated an importance of physical fitness in him. Being a kabaddi player himself, his father made Arpinder realize how fulfilling it is to represent your country at an international platform.
It wasn’t an easy journey, with the added expenses. The supplements, training gear and other equipment would cost him around 4-5 lakhs per year. However, at every stage, his father stood firmly by his side. He also gave him complete freedom to choose a sport of his liking. His advice was simple, yet motivational, ‘whatever you do, give your very best in it!’
No wonder that, Arpinder considers his father his biggest supporter and motivator. When the going gets tough, a strong support system makes all the difference. Balancing responsibilities and concentrating on a sporting career can be hard, without a family that is holding your back. Today, Arpinder’s father must be proud of his achievements.
Date of Birth: 30 December 1992
Place of Birth: Harsa Chhina, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Also known as: Bobby
Arpinder Singh – The Exciting Journey
- Arpinder Singh found his calling in the triple jump and went on to become a school champion. At the U-17 School Games, he won a silver medal with a jump of 13.86. It was his first major win in the sport. The transition to excel at the senior level began soon. His efforts bore fruit and he won the Youth Games in 2009.
- He became a national sensation after smashing Renjith Maheshwary’s national record in triple jump. He also broke the 16-meter record while achieving this glorious feat. Maheshwary broke this record again in 2016, with a personal best of 17.30 meters.
- The bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games further cemented his position on a national level. He qualified for the finals with a 16.51m jump. Unfortunately, Khoto Mokoena (17.20m) and Tosin Oke (16.84m) were a step ahead of him. So, he settled for the bronze.
- His tremendous potential was realized by the authorities and he was included in the TOPS program. TOPS or Target Olympic Podium Scheme is an initiative of the Sports Authority of India to support and train athletes for Olympics.
- In 2015, he shifted to London and decided to focus completely on the Rio Olympics. He started training at the London Coaching Foundation. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
- The next aim was the Commonwealth Games 2018. He qualified for the games a jump of 16.61m at the Federation Cup athletes meet. He crossed the line with a mark of 16.61m. He trained under Romanian coach Bedros Bedrosian for the event. Unfortunately, he couldn’t match or improve from his 2014 Commonwealth performance.
Difficulties on the Path
Arpinder had to face a lot of bureaucratic issues since his initial years. He did not receive any financial or infrastructural support from the Punjab board. Even after winning the U-17 medal, there was no recognition or encouragement from the board. He decided to switch over to Haryana board as they had better facilities. He strongly believes that many good athletes are losing out on good opportunities because of lack of good support from Punjab board.
In 2015 as well, Arpinder had to struggle a lot to find the right guidance for his Olympic training. There was hardly any financial assistance or support. He would have been more comfortable with his own coach. However, he was asked to select a foreign coach. Unable to find one in the stipulated time, Arpinder had to shift his training location to the US.
Fortunately, now he is being handled by the Anglian Medal Hunt Company. The company provides basic sporting gear, nutritional supplements, and stipends to upcoming athletes. Their support has helped Arpinder tremendously and reduced his financial stress.
It is very important to address this issue, as our country is losing out on numerous laurels due to lack of support. There is no dearth of talent in our vast nation. In small villages, young sportsmen and women are working hard to hone their skills. However, not all of them get an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the world. In fact, most of them are not privileged enough to completely focus on training. The government should take certain initiatives to identify and train these budding athletes since a young age. Then, we will definitely win more medals at world events like the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and of course the Olympics.
Interesting Facts about Arpinder Singh
- If not an athlete, Arpinder Singh would have been a farmer.
- He started out as a 100 m sprinter when in school. He switched to triple jump later on the insistence of his then coach.
- He loves listening to Punjabi music. Babbu Maan is his favorite singer.
- He prefers to go for movies and photo-shoots when free.
- On Sundays, he visits the Gurudwara.
- Akshay Kumar is his favorite actor. If given a chance to have dinner with anyone in the world, Arpinder would choose him.
It hasn’t been an easy journey for Arpinder Singh, but he has always managed to bounce back. There have been ups and downs, but his passion and determination haven’t decreased even a little. The Asiads this year and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 are two huge opportunities for this young player to prove himself. He is currently training very hard to improve his technique and give his very best in the Asian Games. Missing the Olympic qualifiers was a huge setback and Arpinder is all set to make up for it.
Let us conclude with Arpinder’s own words, “The only thing I would say is never lose hope, keep trying & you will succeed. Don’t give up easily just believe in you. If I can do then you can do as well. There is nothing which you can’t do if you give your 100% to that.”
Focused, humble and talented, Arpinder has all the qualities of a champion in the making. You can understand his life story in his own words, in this interview, we had with him. We wish him all the luck and cannot wait for him to make us proud at the Asiads!
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